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Pork exports to Mexico, China drive February exports

U.S. pork exports in February were 420 million pounds, a year-over-year increase of 5.5 percent. For the fourth month in a row, Mexico was the largest buyer of U.S. pork, while exports to Japan were 10 percent lower compared with February 2013. FULL STORY »

Vilsack comments on PEDv reporting

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that in an effort to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the US swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the US, the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in order to slow the spread of this disease across the United States. FULL STORY »

U.S. barbecues grow pricier as beef, pork reach record highs

With the Chicago weather finally getting a little nicer, Chris Anderssen wanted to grill some burgers outside for a group of family and friends. When she got to the meat aisle at her local Jewel-Osco supermarket, a case of sticker shock made her change the menu: extra lean ground beef was $4.99 a pound. FULL STORY »

Food shortages could be most critical world issue by mid-century

The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Development. FULL STORY »

Programs for beginning farmers, ranchers

The average age of principal farm operators in the US increased from 54 years-of-age in 1997 to 57 years-of-age in 2007. Today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, sixty percent of agricultural producers are age 55 or older. FULL STORY »

CDC issues mixed food-safety report

Some foodborne illnesses have declined and some have increased, according to a new report from FoodNet at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). FULL STORY »

Drought maintains strangle-hold on southern Plains

Dry states – especially those on the southern Plains and in the West – are continuing to sink further into drought, despite the return of wet weather. FULL STORY »

Most ag markets turned lower Thursday

Corn traders seemed disappointed by Thursday’s Export Sales report. Potential improvements in spring planting conditions have been weighing corn futures. FULL STORY »

Crop markets reacted differently to Thursday's export data

Corn traders seemed disappointed by Thursday’s Export Sales report. Potential improvements in spring planting conditions have been weighing are probably weighing on corn futures. FULL STORY »

Pork Checkoff updates Youth PQA Plus program

Through its Youth Pork Quality Assurance Plus program (PQA), the National Pork Board will make training available to young producers so they can continue to earn the trust of consumers through transparency and training. FULL STORY »

13th annual Animal Ag Summit "Cracking the Millennial Code"

Menu analysts, trend spotters, brand strategists and researchers will comprise a panel on food trends at the upcoming 13th annual Stakeholders Summit, the Animal Agriculture Alliance announced. FULL STORY »

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